The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program trains dogs "from puppies to the community."
With the introduction of AKC Community Canine, the Canine Good Citizen Program now provides a comprehensive 3 level training program for you and your dog.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy:
The First Step in Training
You and your puppy attend a class at least 6 weeks long to earn the STAR certificate and gold medal. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible dog ownership.
To get your puppy started in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, see: http://www.akc.org/puppies/training/star/index.cfm
Canine Good Citizen:
Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.
To earn your dog's Canine Good Citizen title, see:
AKC Community Canine:
AKC Community Canine extends the skills learned in CGC to the community. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test are eligible to earn the "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) title.